The eight-week wall

July 6, 2011

It has come to my attention that many of my previous attempts at losing weight have died a pathetic, whimpering death at approximately the 2-month mark. Of course, the majority of my attempts have lasted only a week or two, but of those that seemed at first to show some promise, most are beaten down by that 8-week point.

I’ve asked myself why this is, and the answer is…I don’t know. I’m thinking maybe it has something to do with the fact that it’s long enough to get tired of not being “allowed” to eat certain things but not long enough to make huge strides weight-wise. Long enough to start wishing you didn’t have to set aside that 30-60 minutes a day to exercise but not long enough to reach milestones such as having to buy a new wardrobe or having someone say, “You’ve lost weight—I hardly recognized you!”

But now that I’m aware of my recurring tendency to throw in the towel at this point, I am more prepared to deal with it. This coming Friday marks 8 weeks since I began this latest attempt (the one that I keep swearing will be the very last). I am definitely feeling some fatigue, not literally in my muscles but more of a mental weariness.

This time, however, I am determined to break through that wall and find out what’s on the other side. I’m convinced that half the battle in successfully losing weight is simply being aware of the obstacles you know you’re going to face and having a plan to deal with them. Maybe it’s even more than half the battle.

For each of us the barriers might be different, or they may vary at different times in our lives, but one thing we know for sure is that there will be challenges, sometimes really, really hard ones, when it comes to getting in shape. We can’t let that stop us. What are we, little sissy girls? No! We are warriors! We will prevail! Seriously, we will! As soon as we’re finished with this ice cream cone!

Tomorrow will have its own challenges, and you’ll tackle them as they arise. But for today, stay the course. You decided it was worth the effort when you began, and nothing has changed—except you and your body. Changes are happening, even if they seem reluctant to show themselves.

I’d love to hear about your particular “wall” or hurdle that always seems to get you, and how you’re dealing with it!

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Amanda July 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

You can do it!! I’m very encouraged by you. :) Your loss so far is really good-I’ve been trying to lose weight for awhile now, and since the baby is almost a year old…I’m pretty sure I can’t blame it on her any more! I have actually gained 15 pounds since she was born. Isn’t that pathetic?

I have a hard time on the days when my hubby is home. I do good during the week, but then we want to go to the beach, or over to a friends house, and there is some delicious treat that everyone else is indulging in. I’ve gotten Tim on board now….salads for dinner….

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Serena July 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Thanks, Amanda! It’s definitely tougher when you have another person or persons to cook for, and when you are always presented with temptation. But I figure those things are never going to change so I might as well get that through my head. Fortunately Al doesn’t mind making his own meals half the time since he eats pretty simply anyway. That’s great Tim is on board with the salads! There’s no end of things you can add to a salad.

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